Jesus replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm (Matthew 8:26).

Most of the time we watch things get out of hand and by the time we’re ready to act, it has gone too far, oftentimes beyond repair.

That was the situation on the lake with Jesus and his disciples. Jesus was taking a nap at the back of the boat. Then suddenly, terrible storm came up; so strong it was going to capsize their boat. Yet, the disciples were only reacting—throwing back the water that was breaking into the boat. They were kind of fighting symptoms instead of dealing with the root of the problem.

We do that sometime. Instead of finding out the reason behind the actions we’re getting, we merely respond to those actions. Yet, according to Newton’s third law, action and reaction are equal and opposite. It is always counterproductive. That’s why they don’t cancel out each other.

When their effort couldn’t solve the problem, the disciples cried out to Jesus. Once up from his sleep, Jesus went straight for the cause, the root of the problem. He commanded the wind and waves to stop, and that was it. The rocking ceased and peace returned to the boat.

Friend, that’s how to deal with issues. Go to the root of it. Find out the cause and deal with it. Don’t live on assumptions. If you only concern yourself with removing the leaves, it’s a matter of time,  it will grow back again. If you really want a permanent solution, you need go to the root of the issue. There’s a reason behind the kind of signals you’re getting; be it from your spouse, friend, parents or even your children. You need to find it out. You do that by asking questions.

A father was reporting his son to his own friend: “I don’t understand Sam any more; he wouldn’t listen to me.” The friend asked, “But how do you understand? I thought you listen.” If you really want to resolve issues this year, then make time out to talk. Ask questions, and once the cause is known, deal with it. I see peace returning to your relationship.

Verse of the Week: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6).